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Real Madrid 1 Liverpool 0: Benzema strike sees holders through

Real Madrid 1 Liverpool 0: Benzema strike sees holders through

Holders Real Madrid booked their place in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages with a 1-0 Group B win over Liverpool.

Karim Benzema, who scored twice in last month’s 3-0 win at Anfield, found the net once more on Tuesday but the Spanish heavyweights were in far less authoritative mood against a much-changed Liverpool XI.

Visiting manager Brendan Rodgers made seven alterations to the the side that suffered a dispiriting 1-0 Premier League loss at Newcastle United on Saturday – Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli among those on the bench as their boss cast an eye towards the forthcoming clash with domestic pacesetters Chelsea.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet experienced a predictably busy evening but his team-mates offered a growing threat in the second half, with Adam Lallana the closest to finding an equaliser.

Real poured forwards once more in the closing stages as they looked to make sure of a 12th consecutive win in all competitions, but Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to equal Raul’s Champions League all-time record of 71 goals.

Fresh from a brace including a spectacular volley in Real’s 4-0 win at Granada on Saturday, James Rodriguez forced Mignolet to palm an early 20-yard effort behind at full stretch.

UCL Results:

Juventus 3 – 2 Olympiakos
Malmo FF 0 – 2 Atletico Madrid

Basel 4 – 0 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
Real Madrid 1 – 0 Liverpool

Zenit St. Petersburg 1 – 2 Bayer Leverkusen
Benfica 1 – 0 Monaco

Arsenal 3 – 3 Anderlecht
Borussia Dortmund 4 – 1 Galatasaray

Source: soccerway.com

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